19.06.2018

In the next few years cloud computing will become a common tool for businesses

Given staff shortages, rising labor costs and the scale of cyberthreats, trying to guarantee data security and continuous access by oneself is now becoming a rather daunting task. With new requirements for the sensitive data management, we can observe a growing need for tools to dynamically, efficiently and securely manage large volumes of data. Flexible cloud platforms certainly make this task easier.

In 2017, the potential of cloud computing in Poland was appreciated mainly by large enterprises, i.e. over 37% of them. This group is dominated by investments in public clouds. According to IDC data, in 2017 this market in Poland could exceed the value of USD 200 million. Across Central and Eastern Europe, public cloud spending is expected to increase to $ 876 million by 2020.

However, industries with high security requirements, such as banking, insurance, medical and public sectors, are much more likely to choose private or hybrid cloud solutions. Although a private cloud is more expensive than a public one, it gives the user more control over the stored and processed data. This is particularly important in the context of legal changes and new regulations, such as the GDPR.

Entrepreneurs are slowly but systematically taking to cloud solutions. There is still some uncertainty in the market, but there is no escape from cloud in today's business. Convenience in infrastructure management and the possibility of cost optimization make cloud a natural choice not only for the best technologically educated industries, such as fin-tech, e-commerce or most start-ups. In addition, most companies in general are under increasing pressure to test and implement new IT solutions and projects faster and faster, while maintaining a high level of security and stability of operations. Cloud computing seems to be the ideal environment to meet these demands.

In turn, the EU revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) will significantly open up the banking sector to cloud in the coming years. Why? Experts predict that as a result of the implementation of PSD2, the financial industry will have to store, analyze and use vast amounts of data. Network traffic will probably be so high and often unpredictable that banking systems might not be able to manage to process the data in time. In this new reality, banks will have to rely on outsourcing solutions, the key of which may be cloud computing.

Looking at what is happening in Europe nowadays, we can be sure that in the coming years cloud will become a common tool for businesses in Poland as well. Cloud solutions mature all the time, year by year they become better in terms of functionality, technology, security, ease of use, etc. As a result, companies that decide on cloud presently can benefit from stable services, tested at various angles and user-friendly. At the same time, it is worth noting that the decision to use cloud does not necessarily mean a revolution. Modern technologies allow to freely combine virtual cloud resources with traditional IT infrastructure in the forms of own servers in colocation or rented dedicated servers.

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